With 30 years of playing experience, guitar sensei Mark Schimmoller has perfected a multitude of styles from rockabilly to indie to Crane Style. After years spent performing around Chicago and touring with the band The Hush, Mark settled down in Fort Wayne—where he now shares his expertise with students of all skill levels during private lessons and maintains his chops with his ’80s alternative band Weird Science. Lessons incorporate various forms of media to help students absorb knowledge more easily than a sentient ShamWow. Mark also keeps precious instruments in top condition by offering guitar setup services and minor repairs.
Sound City Music builds musicians from the ground up by providing a large stock of new and used guitars, basses, and drums, and by repairing electronic and band instruments. Experienced instructors help students take those instruments and make music with them during private and group lessons.
Kimberly Denney has dedicated her entire adult life to teaching music to kids. After receiving her BA in music education and MA in education administration, Kimberly taught music and band in public schools for 21 years. Now she teaches Kindermusik to families in Dayton and Cincinnati.
At her school, Kimberly and her team of instructors lead children from newborns to 7-year-olds in playful music classes with the goal of helping kids develop into great learners—not necessarily the next Mozart. Children sing, dance, and play age-appropriate instruments, all while developing a variety of skills in language, literacy, socialization, and problem solving, as well as improving their self-esteem. Parents and children receive Kindermusik@home materials that include a variety of activities to continue learning at home between weekly classes.
Through its network of professional musicians, JamPlay, LLC consistently creates and uploads intuitive, easy-to-follow online guitar lessons, producing up to 11 hours of new content each month. Dozens of session guitarists and rock stars from bands such as GWAR, Atreyu, and Megadeth help novices and intermediate players master scales, licks, and the fundamentals of performance for all styles of music. An online network of thousands of fellow students offer moral support, tips, and camaraderie as users play along with hundreds of prerecorded tracks or hone their music skills through fun online games.
Vocalist Natalie Wilson Eastman maintains that anyone, young or old, can learn to sing—with the right training, of course. As an accomplished teacher, director, and vocal performer versed in various classical and modern musical styles, she decided to pass on her knowledge to others at A Higher Note. Eastman teaches private vocal lessons for students of all ages, in which she reveals essential singing principles such as proper breathing technique, intonation, and musical interpretation. Alternatively, basic instrumental lessons in guitar and piano cover basic chord structure as well as sight-reading.
A bachelor's degree in music, a master's degree in music, and nearly three decades of teaching experience. Each of these accomplishments is impressive enough on its own, but when you put them together, you have Diana Saltanovitz??a licensed music instructor who can help students of all ages develop their skills. For students aged 3?4, Saltanovitz uses the WunderKeys piano program, which instills beginning piano skills and basic math skills at the same time.